Graduate migration patterns: will you be a Loyal, Stayer, Returner or Incomer?

Many thanks to Lorna Cox, Careers Consultant in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine for this blog post that provides a summary of some of Charlie Ball’s research looking at graduate migration patterns. If you’re thinking about where you might be based location-wise after you graduate then this post is worth a read – Rebecca

Location is an important factor for most students when they are applying for their first graduate job. Charlie Ball (Head of Higher Education Intelligence for Prospects) has been undertaking some research looking at 2013 UK graduates and has identified four groups of graduates:

Loyals
These are graduates who stayed in their home region for university and graduate employment. Nearly half of employed 2013 graduates (45.9%) working in the UK six months after graduating fell into this category. Loyals tended to be slightly older, were more likely to be women and more likely to have studied part-time.

Returners
These are graduates who move away from their home area to study but then return there for employment after graduating. Just under a quarter (24.7%) of employed graduates fell into this category and 40.5% of graduates working in the East of England were from this group. They were the most likely group to be in non-professional employment after six months, except in London.

Stayers
These are graduates who leave their home region to study and then remain in that region to work after graduating. 11.5% were in this category, nearly one in six of whom (16.3%) were working as health professionals. They were also more likely than other graduates to work in arts and media professions. This group were the most likely to be young (21-24) on graduation and to have studied full-time.

Incomers
These are graduates who go to work in a region where they neither studied nor lived before going to university, and made up 18% of the population of employed 2013 graduates. They often move to a region for jobs which may be higher paid such as management, engineering or business. More than a third (34%) of graduates in engineering and 30.6% of graduates in employment in the sciences were in this
category.

Over to you: where will you go after graduation?
Whether you are local or moved to Edinburgh to study, do you want to stay here after you graduate? Would you prefer to go back to your home area or are you prepared to move somewhere you’ve never lived before? These are decisions to think through carefully as they will have career implications for you, such as the range of job vacancies on offer and the types of employers you could work for.

Want to find out more?

On the Careers Service website we have information resources on looking for graduate jobs in specific locations in the UK so if you’re starting to think about location this is a good starting point:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/careers/looking-for-work/graduate-jobs/specific-locations

You can also find out what graduates from Edinburgh with your degree went on to do six months after graduation (including information about location) on our website:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/careers/explore/what-with-degree/dlhe/destinations/overview

Finally you can read more about Read about Charlie Ball’s research in the winter edition of Graduate Market Trends and you can follow Charlie’s blog and twitter feed.

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